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example of exactly why, you know, alternative a would be more disperse than the 2009 housing element. so, the defects do remain if you actually read the comments, they are highly evasive, and that's all i can say. thank you. >> colleagues, any questions to any of the parties? okay, at this time this hearing has been held and is filed. [gavel] >> this matter is in the hands of the board. colleagues? [laughter] >> do we have a motion to either affirm the final e-i-r or reverse certification? supervisor wiener. >> i guess this is motion day for me. i appreciate the appellants' arguments, but i believe that this, that the certification was correct and i'll make the
motion to affirm the certification, specifically to move item 34 and table item 35 and 36. >> colleagues, supervisor wiener has made a motion as he described. is there a seconder of that motion? seconded by supervisor tang. take a roll call vote on the motion. >> supervisor campos? campos aye. supervisor dado? chiu? chiu aye. supervisor cohen? cohen aye. supervisor farrell? farrell no. supervisor kim? kim aye. supervisor mar? mar aye. supervisor tang? tackv aye. tang aye. supervisor wiener? wiener aye. supervisor yee? yee aye. supervisor avalos? avalos aye. supervisor breed? breed aye. there are 10 ayes and one no. >> the environmental impact report is finally certified. [gavel] >> and then if we could go to item 24, madam clerk, which i think you already read. >> on item 24, supervisor campos? >> aye. >> campos aye. supervisor chiu? chiu aye. supervisor cohen?
cohen aye. supervisor farrell? farrell no. supervisor kim? kim aye. supervisor mar? mar aye. supervisor tang? tang aye. supervisor wiener? wiener aye. supervisor yee? yee aye. supervisor avalos? avalos aye. supervisor breed? breed aye. there are 10 ayes, one no. >> the ordinance is passed on first reading. [gavel] >> and with that, why don't we go back to our 3:00 p.m. special order with regards to department of public works and i want to invite up mr. kwan. >> thank you very much. i presented [speaker not understood] with the revised list. we've met with property owners to discuss the various issues that they have brought up. we will be working with the property owners to resolve these matters.
we have provided revised list for your approval for the assessment list of properties for assessments for sidewalk repair. >> okay, colleagues, any questions? with that, could i have a motion to approve the amendments that he has asked for? motion by supervisor yee, seconded by supervisor tang. without objection, the amendments to the underlying report are approved. [gavel] >> and if we could take a vote on the resolution as amended. madam clerk? >> supervisor campos? campos aye. supervisor chiu? chiu aye. supervisor cohen? cohen aye. supervisor farrell? farrell aye. supervisor kim? kim aye. supervisor mar? mar aye. supervisor tang? tang aye. supervisor wiener? wiener aye. supervisor yee? yee aye. supervisor avalos? avalos aye. supervisor breed? breed aye. there are 11 ayes.
>> this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> thank you. >> let's go to roll call, madam clerk. >> supervisor campos is first to introduce new business. >> thank you. thank you. first i'd like to introduce a hearing request regarding the possible closure of the university mound ladies home, specifically i want to express my extreme concern about the possible closure of this institution. university mound ladies home is a university consistent with its mission statement. for more than 100 years has been serving individuals, mostly women of modest means. the importance of providing affordable and compassionate care for seniors cannot be overstated.
the closure of this institution in many respects is endemic of the economic crisis and widening affordability gap that is eroding and affecting san francisco. the city has provided assistance to a number of corporate entities and we believe that it's about time that we step up and that we actually do something to protect the dozens of seniors that cannot afford to lose their housing. for many of these seniors, losing this home would actually be in many respects a death sentence and so i'm requesting a hearing because the residents and families at the university mound ladies home need to have real answers. and even though they have been until now been assured that no resident will be put out on the streets, they have been issued
a 60-day eviction notice. and i am asking that the mayor's office, the department of public health, dos and the san francisco long-term care, ombudsman to work collectively to address the issues around the possible closure ~. and i know that there are ongoing negotiations and we want to hear a very detailed plan from the various players involved to make sure that we do everything we can to help these families. and we will be trying to have this hearing as quickly as possible before the neighborhood services committee. the second item that i have is a resolution urging the state of california to ban clear-cuting in the state. it is critical at this time as we're dealing with climate change and climate instability as well as the challenges with
water that we as a state take the appropriate steps it to ban clear-cuting. the practice is highly [speaker not understood]. hundreds of thousands of acres of natural forest have been completely destroyed and replaced by industrial tree farms. with irresponsible logging practices causing dee forestation worldwide, preservation of healthy forest is essential. [speaker not understood] forests are important because they sequester 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. they reduce global warming. they provide 75% of our water. they cool and humidify our climate. they emit oxygen that prevent flooding, soil erosion, land slides, saltation. [speaker not understood].
they promote ~ [speaker not understood] protect against fires and diseases. they also bring economic benefits, cultural value and recreational opportunities. the benefits go on and on and right now these benefits are being degraded and destroyed in california by ongoing clear-cut logging along with widespread toxic herbicide [speaker not understood]. we should be sending a strong message and this resolution urges the state legislature to ban clear-cut logging and genetically engineered tree cultivation in the state. i rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor campos. president chiu. >> thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, today i'm introducing legislation to make san francisco the first locale in california to [speaker not
understood] to allow agriculture on their land. in recent years [speaker not understood] gardening in the city and establishes citith wide urban ag program. as we all know there is an honest demand by thousands of residents for more space to farm and garden in our city. since our land is scarce and expensive, most land owners choose to develop their property or keep them blighted and vacant. our ordinance which is crafted with significant input from numerous community stakeholders implements the agriculture zone act passed by assemblyman phil tackvthv. the proposal allowed some property owners to preserve agriculture ~ as a use for their land by allowing them to pay lower property tax he he in exchange for exclusive agriculture use on the lapped for five years. we no urban farming is good bev only because it produces local grown healthy and sustainable fruit. it sustains our environment, [speaker not understood], teaches stewardship, provides food security and advances our
public health. other cities in our state are looking to our city for leadership in this area including sacramento, berkeley, oakland, richmond, los angeles and santa cruz. given this idea came from san francisco, i'm proud that our city has been leading the way. i want to thank assemblyman tang for his leadership, [speaker not understood] for her co-sponsorship, my aide for her work on this, but in particular i want to thank the wonderful community of open farmers who have built a movement of open agriculture in our city. the rest of my item i will submit. >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor cohen. >> thank you. well, as we gather this week to celebrate the history of juneteenth, it's important we tell the african-american story of san francisco from the perspective of its african-americans in the community through exhibitions, lectures, public programs, printed material, guided tours of residents and visitors alike. gaining an understanding and appreciation of the history,
culture and the contributions of san francisco's african-american community is critical to preserving and more importantly up lifting the african-american community in san francisco. from william alexander [speaker not understood] to dr. maya angelou to cole train [speaker not understood] african-american rich ancestry can be found in the most unlikeliest places. colleagues, today i'm asking -- i'm introducing a resolution urging the city of san francisco department of public works and planning department to work to establish the african-american freedom trail by marking points of interest along the trail with a commemorative plaque. colleagues, i hope to have your support of a very important resolution. and the rest i submit. thank you. >> thank you -- >> oh, i also would like to acknowledge that this, this resolution is in co-sponsorship with supervisor breed and
supervisor chiu. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor cohen. supervisor farrell. >> thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, today just one resolution introducing that would declare june 24th, 2014 ask day for unlocked guns in the home and ask parents to keep toyer children say. as we know the epidemic of gun violence is claiming children's and teen's lives every month here in our great country. over one-third of american homes with children have guns. many kept unlocked and loaded and every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result. 80% of unintentional firearm deaths of children under 15 occur in the home and children in the united states are more likely to die of gun violence than from all natural causes combined. ashe day falls on the first day of summer june 21st, marking the season when we spend more time at home with friends and family members. national public health campaign hope is asking to become part of our parenting vernacular offering a real solution that all americans can adopt to help
protect our families and children and work immediately to save lives. would also encourage all relevancy departments to familiarize themselves [speaker not understood]. i have bilingual stickers in my office for anyone who would like to pick them up and the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor farrell. supervisor kim. >> thank you. so, this is actually a really exciting legislative year here in san francisco. equity and affordability being at the top of the agenda for san francisco. last week we introduced the strongest and most progressive minimum wage proposal in the country and i know later today some of my colleagues will be introducing with my support as well, the antispeculator tax for the ballot in november 2014. in april i introduced the housing balance ordinance, legislation that our office has been working on for the past three years and that the community has worked on the the past 7 years. today i am introducing an
updated housing balance ordinance for consideration by the voters of san francisco this november. i'm introducing two versions, one for signatures and one that can go through the legislative process in an effort to continue to refine the measure and build a larger coalition committed to setting this goal, 30% affordable housing in the city. after extensive conversations with stakeholders, we determined a city-wide housing balance that establishes a balance of 30% affordable housing for all-new housing it is important. district 6 is not the only neighborhood that wants targeted affordable housing. so, what does this legislation do if passed? one, the legislation asks that the city establish a rolling ten-year count on the number of affordable housing produced in comparison to market rate luxury housing. affordable housing is defined as 120% of average median income and below, according to the mayor's office of housing, 2014 chart, this would include
individuals that make $81,550 and under for a family of four $116,500. we're not even talking about just what most residents consider low-income affordable housing. we're talking about the teacher, the principal, beginning firefighter, police officer, and most san franciscans. in fact, 60% of the city make below that amount. doing a rough count, based on how we have written it in the measure the city is currently i am balanced and will continue to be for the next few years. if we continue to stay imbalanced in the future, this legislation will never take effect ~. if as a city, however, that balance goes below 30%, new market rate development would be required to go through a hearing at the planning commission. certain projects would be excluded. one, projects [speaker not understood] january 2015, projects under 25 units, current revetv area plans, treasure island, 80 20 projects
at 100% affordable housing projects. when we are out of balance, the city will have the option to buy its way back into balance, thereby circumventing the cu process for luxury [speaker not understood]. again, affordable housing projects and projects that do not have at least 20% affordable -- i'm sorry, that has at least 20% affordable would not be required to go through this additional hearing. san francisco is leading the country in the largest income gap. we can also lead the country in our commitment to address this gap and have the strongest affordable housing production in the country. we have started by putting, as i mentioned, the minimum wage appropriate sail last week and the antispec tack for the balance of 2014. if we as a city are saying the supply and growedthtion is the answer to the affordable issue we'll actually commit to it. hearing from [speaker not understood] from chinatown to the mission, even richmond and
sunset is that they cannot afford the new housing being built in our city and frankly a lot in our district. i hear it at every neighborhood association meeting, at the union hall, from harvey mill, to alice [speaker not understood], residents are frustrated that their children who make $50,000 a year after graduating from college cannot live in the city they grew up in. residents are getting frustrated they cannot afford what's in the market despite seeing the largest residential construction boom in our history. this is not a nimby tool, it is a tool to ensure balanced growth. it is a commitment that 30% of all-new housing will be affordable to the average resident. if we believe that we can build at 30%, again, this legislation will never take effect. if we don't, then the process gives the community and the city an opportunity to be more thoughtful as we support new development and create a real plan for addressing the deficit before we fall below 40%.
this legislation preserves the discretion of the planning commission, the city's urban planning and land use experts to decide which projects should move forward. and if not a moratorium and certainly does not hawk the production of affordable housing. the latest residential pipeline report shows we have built luxury housing of 21 1% while moderate income and low-income have languished at 27.5% and 56.8% respectively. the housing affordability gaps for households up to 120% ami proposes a significant problem for san francisco. based on the last census as i mentioned, these households make up 60% of our city. in fact, our regional housing needs assessment growth is that we build 60% of affordable housing here in san francisco. we want to continue to work with the [speaker not understood] of stakeholders and want to thank those who have been participating in our process thus far. affordable housing advocates, tenants, advocates and the mayor's office and the mayor's work group and we want to
continue to work on a package of reforms that actually address the need for increased revenue and reforms our inclusionary housing policies. with conshes us in our city that the state of luxury housing, what we are currently building is not creating the housing that we want. this is the first real attempt by the board of supervisors to address the imbalance of affordable housing production for 60% of san francisco residents that make $80,000 or less. this puts us on track to be really serious about what building affordable housing means into the future. going out of balance is not what the city wants. it's not about height, it's not about development or even the waterfront. but we must build what san franciscans can afford. i want to thank co-sponsors supervisor avalos, campos, yee and mar. and i just also want to make clear we are not closing the door on the legislative process. hence the new introduction. everyone supports this goal so let's keep talking and let's pass a package of land use and revenue legislation that gets
us to our goal. and finally, on behalf of supervisor london breed and myself, we're asking that the board of supervisors adjourn in the memory of kevin lessen. this has been quite a bitter sweet week for many of us and myself in particular. many of you know kevin very well. he is a father, husband, best friend, writer, hip-hop aficionado, sports and politics speak, accomplished journalist and long-time new america media family member. he passed away peacefully in his home in oakland surrounded by his friends and family after nearly two years fighting with leukemia. he was 45 and from 1999 to 2010 he worked as a new american
youth media [speaker not understood]. he was an activist and visionary. he founded the voice of the inner city youth. as a young man kevin was a paper boy for the oakland tribune. he admired the first black publisher of a major metropolitan daily. at the time he had no idea he wanted to be a journalist. his interests in journalism [speaker not understood] his experience as a community college organizer and he noted the paper had the message he he and others wanted to get across. he started vying for the paper. [speaker not understood] city college by working for u.p.s. and started writing for pacific news services. over the next two decades he raised a generation of young writers, film makers, photographers and activists from east oakland, bayview hunters point, and the mission. many of whom before meeting kevin would not have conceived
of themselves as having a break and many of whom have found great success. russell morris, the former [speaker not understood] magazine editor and one of many -- one of the many [speaker not understood] eloquently wrote, i was one of the people kevin guided. my story is a familiar one among a veteran. i spent my teenage years in juvenile hall and came to new media hall through yoest. kevin came in as head of the magazine. he trusted our impulses and gave us the tools and encouragement to tell the stories we deemed most pressing. [speaker not understood] a former colleague of mine came to my office after a chance meeting in 2001 reflecting on his influence in her life, she said as a young reader i was afraid to talk about taboo topics related to the afghan community. kevin taught me how to find
myself. voice. he taught me how to find courage. he showed me how to take risks and advance myself. her first story ran on the cover. thises was a month before 9/11 and long before the oppression of afghan women as a justification for war. kevin was dialed into the world in a way that seemed almost extra sensory. his legacy is solidified as a media pioneer in what is now referred as a bay area style of journalism an early ancestor of journalism that combines multi-media storytelling and activism with emerging technology toward the 21st century. the pacific news service model of journalism encouraged community members mostly media to tell their own stories relating to themes ignored like incarceration, environmental justice, violence and immigration. kevin [speaker not understood] dynamic and unique perspective in the world.
in the years that we worked together his typical work ethic consisted of a dashiki worn under a tuxedo jacket with camouflage pants and an oakland a's baseball cap with his bushy afro pushing out the side. many aspects of kevin's identity were in this [speaker not understood]. a proud oakland native. as russell clearly wrote, [speaker not understood], he insisted on media production as a core of the training and his office produced video for the entire office. he considered -- convinced the san francisco d.a.'s office to fund a computer lab for youth diverted from prison whom yoest then trained in excessive art. the program ran successfully for three years and was called changing the odds and was cited by attorney general harris as one of her signature initiative in the juvenile justice program. as a journalist kevin was to
make connections no one else saw, to see the wider context in [speaker not understood]. why did oakland children laugh at the schindler's list because they had never heard of the holocaust. [speaker not understood]. new generation of street survival benefited from surgery in the gulf war to leave shrapnel in the body rather than dislodge them. kevin established a connection between violence for communities and the ongoing wars in iraq and afghanistan. he encouraged young writers to find a global connection to the local stories they were writing about. kevin won a fellowship of the knight journalism center at stanford, a prestigious fellowship and program. it was at this time as many of you remember that kevin was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. kevin and his wife latifah, a giant of her own within our
generation, was an activist frame of always thinking about the larger community then began a campaign to increase the number of people in particular african-americans and other people of color to [speaker not understood] the bone marrow drive to convince more people to donate through the bone marrow transplant registry. bone marrow transplants are lifesaving medical procedure that can help leukemia like the one kevin suffered from, and this is a particular difficult struggle for african-american communities because only 8% of registered donors are of african descent. kevin spoke passionately about this problem saying my story is one of many. there are thousands of african-americans and people of color around the country who des plattly need a bone marrow transplant but can't find the match. my wife and i started this campaign to do it what we could do to raise awareness about the urgent issue. he was a voice, warrior
[speaker not understood]. they gave the money to children who were also fighting the same disease. his last day on father's day, kevin fought. he fought his way out of the hospital. he insisted ongoing home. and when he got home, he insisted on having a smoke in his backyard. and then when he laid down to rest, he watched the final ball game, watched espn and continued to talk to his friends. we talked about politics, we talked about the oakland's mayor's race, even the [speaker not understood] race. sports, soccer and the world cup. kevin's family, his wife, his stepdaughter, three yoer old daughter layla, mrs. weston, particularly thank the entire community and the board of supervisors for supporting the fight, contributing dollars, volunteer hours, publicly to the story and the bone marrow drive, but most of all your love.
rest in power, kevin. we miss you and we love you tremendously. and the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor kim. >> colleague, could i suggest that we do the in memoriam on behalf of the board? i think most of us have had a chance to know kevin. >> yes. >> that should be the case. [gavel] >> supervisor mar? >> thank you, madam clerk. ~ without objection, that should be the case it is an honor to be added to the in memoriam with the rest of us and those who knew keefa simon, may kevin weston rest in peace and power. i have two item today that i'm submitting, very important ones. the first is an antispeculator tax that we're hoping to place on the november 2014 ballot with a coalition of community groups throughout the city.
the second is a resolution to address the rapid expansion of uber and transportation network vehicles throughout our city. so, the first item, i just wanted to acknowledge that i was proud to stand with supervisors david campos, john avalos, and jane kim, the four of us with a broad coalition today on city hall steps. and we are introducing today an antispeculator tax for the november ballot. this will go a long way towards stopping the relentless real estate speculation going on right now that's making our housing unaffordable and tearing our neighborhoods apart. i thinks as many of the neighborhoods represented today, we were chanting stop the flip. and for those of you that don't know about previous efforts in the city to maintain our housing diversity, harvey milk, our former beloved supervisor,
his idea but also along with housing justice leaders many decades ago, was to propose a tax like this. it was one of his final pieces of legislation. but our effort today is building off of that tradition and the power of the movements to maintain the diversity and the beauty of our city. the idea also comes out of large numbers of gatherings of communities throughout our city to deal with the horrible affordability crisis that we're in, and to fight back with balance and fairness and to stop greedy speculation going on in our city. so, i'd like to thank the hundreds of san francisco residents that were with us today and that we will build through november who have spoken out and identified real estate speculation as the main culprit causing san francisco's housing crisis and have asked all offices to step forward to help us move this measure to protect our city. here's how it will work.